TUI Cruises, part of Europe’s largest tourism group TUI Group,
announced plans on Monday (12 February
2018) to order a newbuild cruise ship to be built at the Finnish Meyer Turku
The newbuild, named Mein Schiff 7, will be identical to the new
Mein Schiff 1 and new Mein Schiff 2, planned for delivery from Meyer Turku in
2018 and 2019, with a capacity for up to 2,894 passengers and 111,500
Delivery of the Mein Schiff 7 is scheduled for 2023.
“We are very thankful that TUI Cruises is entrusting us with
building another ship to their fleet of modern and beautiful Mein
Schiffs,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.
“It will bring further good work to Turku shipyard as well as
the Finnish maritime cluster. This is what we are preparing for with our
recruitments and investments,” Meyer added.
Cruises says the order due to due to increasing demand
in the cruise market.
“The future investment underscores TUI Group’s strategy,” the
company said in a statement. “The cruise business is one of the key elements of
the growth roadmap pursued by the globally operating TUI Group. The Group
continues to invest in its cruise portfolio and expands, modernises and
rejuvenates the fleet. The planned measures will help TUI to accelerate the
expansion of this growth segment.”
TUI Group’s fleet currently comprises 15 cruise ships, operated
by its subsidiaries TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Marella Cruises.
The newbuild order comes ahead of some long-planned changes for
TUI Cruises. The company’s new Mein Schiff 1 will be launched in May, at which
point the existing Mein Schiff 1 will be transferred to Marella Cruises’ fleet
as Marella Explorer.
Marella Cruises is the former
Thomson Cruises and a subsidiary of TUI UK & Ireland.In
2019, the new Mein Schiff 2 will be added to the TUI Cruises fleet, replacing
the current Mein Schiff 2. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will expand its
fleet next year. In spring and autumn 2019, it will launch the two luxury
expedition vessels Hanseatic nature and Hanseatic inspiration.